Craig L. Foster. Draper, Utah: Greg Kofford Books, 2008. Softbound. 5 ½” x 8 ¼”. 280 pgs. ISBN: 1589581173
In the contested terrain of American politics, nowhere is the conflict more intense, even brutal, than in the territory of public life also claimed by religion. Mitt Romney’s 2007-2008 presidential campaign is a textbook example.
Religious historian Craig L. Foster revisits that campaign with an astute focus on the never-quite-contained hostility that Romney triggered among America’s religious right. Although no political campaign is known for its sweetness and light, the back-stabbing, mean-spirited attacks, eruptions of irrationalism, and downright lies exploded into one the chapters of recent American political history. What does Romney’s campaign and the resistance of the religious right mean for America in the twenty-first century?